Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, today wrote to the Chair of the Halifax Port Authority, Hector Jacques, and the Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage, to draw their attention to the vulnerability of the Port of Halifax should the rail and road links between Nova Scotia and North America be disrupted or severed.
“Quite simply, without those links, the Port of Halifax is out of business,” says Casey.
Casey is calling on all partners in government and the private sector to take an interest in ensuring that rising sea levels will not impair the movement of rail and road traffic across the Chignecto Isthmus.
In addition to reaching out to the Mayor of Halifax and the Chair of the Port Authority, Casey has met with engineers from the National Research Council to discuss the impact of rising sea levels on the Chignecto Isthmus.
As a result of their discussion, the NRC officials will scope out an approach to studying the potential impact of climate change on transportation and other links between Nova Scotia and the rest of North America.
“They will provide us with a draft scope of work as well as some ideas of potential solutions and the groups that should be involved,” said Casey.